As one of the best hitters in baseball (if not the best), he’s also been one of the best pitchers in the American League. He’s having the greatest season in baseball history, but even ShoTime is capable of having a bad day.
Ohtani went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts at the plate. That, however, wasn’t the only way he struggled in the game against the Baltimore Orioles.
Shohei Ohtani uncharacteristically got lit up for the LA Angels on the mound for the first time in almost two months.
Shohei Ohtani went five innings for the LA Angels on Wednesday, and gave up four earned runs.
It was his first bad start since the tough start he had against the Yankees on June 30th, where he gave up seven earned runs in 0.2 IP.
This was especially surprising considering how good Shohei had been since the start of July. Since July started, Shohei was leading the Majors in ERA (1.58).
With all this being said, however, he still has a 2.20 ERA since the start of July. This poor start is by no means the end of the world. In fact, he still didn’t walk a single batter, which sounds like Ohtani.
He’s still had just four walks in his seven starts since the beginning of July.
He has a 3.00 ERA on the season with a 1.057 WHIP. He may not be right in the thick of Cy Young contention anymore, but he can still work his way back into it with a good next start or two.
He’s still a top four pitcher in the American League and will absolutely bounce back, as he always does.